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Prayer, Theological Virtues, and Spiritual Aridity – Part II

Today, in part two of a special two-part interview Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about establishing a successful prayer life and entering into contemplation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are a few of the most common pitfalls or difficulties that lay people experience in prayer and how can they be avoided? Poverty and humility in prayer is most affective in building a strong... Read More

37. A Flash of Joy (Matthew 11:25-30)

“This Spirit, the dispenser of the treasures that are in the Father and keeper of the counsels that are between the Father and the Son, pours himself so sweetly into the soul that he is not perceived, and his greatness is understood by few.” – St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi Matthew 11:25-30: At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things... Read More

What’s Gritty, Gutsy, Requires Patience and is Absolutely Necessary? Granite Faith

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Granite Faith The Lord (Week 2 of 23) What is demanded of us, as of her, is a constant wrestling in fide with the mystery of God and with the evil resistance of the world. Our obligation is not delightful poetry but granite faith — more than ever in this age of absolutes in which the mitigating spell is falling from all things and naked opposites clash everywhere. The purer we see and understand... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Judah.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Luke 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of... Read More

Peace of Soul and Humility

Peace of Soul and Humility   Nothing troubles us so much as self-love and self-regard. Should our hearts not grow soft with the sentiment we desire when we pray and with the interior sweetness we expect when we meditate, we are sorrowful; should we find some difficulty in doing good deeds, should some obstacle oppose our plans, we are in a dither to overcome it, and we labor anxiously. Why is... Read More

Mary’s Humility – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Mary’s Humility   Presence of God – O Mary, humblest of all creatures, make me humble of heart. MEDITATION St. Bernard says: “It is not hard to be humble in a hidden life, but to remain so in the midst of honors is a truly rare and beautiful virtue.” The Blessed Virgin was certainly the woman whom God honored most highly, whom He raised above all other creatures; yet no creature was... Read More

Spiritual Desolation and Humility

Spiritual Desolation and Humility   An advantage of spiritual desolation is that it produces a deep and true humility in us. When we hear a sermon on humility, or read a spiritual treatise, or meditate seriously, we come to the conclusion that we are very miserable beings. But this conviction is no more than theoretical. When we are told that there are torrid regions in Africa, and that the temperature... Read More

The Value of Obedience

The Value of Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will... Read More

Humility

Humility Presence of God – O Jesus, You who were so humiliated for us, teach me how to practice true humility. MEDITATION Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end. But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life? No. There is something... Read More

Preserve Your Confidence in God

Preserve Your Confidence in God It is not rare in the spiritual life to see souls who are trying generously to advance in virtue fall — by reason of their desire to cultivate a delicate conscience and to avoid all deliberate venial sin — into the extremity of inquietude and perturbation, get involved in a thousand perplexities and scruples, and eventually grow cold in their trust in our Lord.... Read More

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